On May 14, 1977 Lou Harrison celebrated his 60th birthday. Composers, musicians, music lovers, and friends paid tribute at St. John’s Church in Berkeley CA. The concert was produced by Paul Dresher, Peter Garland and Rae Imamura. The performers included the Repercussion Unit from the Cal Institute of the Arts, The East Bay New Music Ensemble directed by Robert Hughes, and the Berkeley Gamelan. Carl Stone and Leni Isaacs from KPFK play selections of Lou Harrison’s work. The pieces heard are Song of Quetzalcoatl, Double Music, Suite for Cello and Harp, Happy Birthday, Canticle No. 1, Fugue, In Praise of Johnny Appleseed, Cinna, and Schoenbergiana.
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by the GRAMMY Foundation.